Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Fund-raiser to support Palestinian rosary project

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 20, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

As Bishop Skylstad celebrates First Eucharist and Confirmation in parishes around the diocese, he carries with him a small gift to personally present to every young person receiving the sacraments: a simple wooden rosary made by Palestinian Catholics living in and around Bethlehem.

The rosaries are carefully fashioned from the pruned branches of young olivewood trees, using a centuries-old technique. Entire families are involved in the rosary making process, which provides needed income to the families and their communities suffering from continuing violence and high unemployment throughout the region.

Catholic Charities is sponsoring a raffle to help raise funds for the rosary project. With the purchase of 10 tickets, buyers receive an olivewood rosary of their own.

The drawing will be held at the Catholic Charities office on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

First prize is a hand-carved olivewood Holy Family figure from Holy Land Handicrafts in the West Bank. Second prize is a hand-painted ball ornament featuring colorful flowers and dove from Casa Romero in Mexico. Third prize is an earthenware dove tea light holder from The Jute Works in Bangladesh.

All three items are Fair Trade crafts from Work of Human Hands, a Catholic Relief Services-sponsored program that enables Third World artisans to receive fair prices for their hand-crafted goods. (Editorís note: For more information about Work of Human Hands, see page 7 of this issue.)

For more information about the project or the raffle, contact Scott Cooper, Parish Social Ministry Coordinator: 358-4273.

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